About the author
Carl B Williams is retired from government service where he held various state and federal appointments. He is an amateur historian with special interest in WWII and the Japanese-American 100th/442nd Regimental Combat Team. He is a member of the Board of Directors of the Friends and Families of Nisei Veterans.
The author was encouraged to write the "Marie" book by his wife June, whose uncle, Kiyoshi Ono, fought at the Battle of Bruyères and the Rescue of the Lost Battalion.
In 2016, the Author was appointed by the City of Bruyères, as a volunteer, to design and raise funds for the "Torch Monument." The "Torch Monument" is based on the design of the shoulder patch worn by the Nisei soldiers who, at great cost, liberated Bruyères and rescued the trapped "Lost Texas Battalion." The granite sculpture on Hill 555 was dedicated in 2017 by then Mayor Yves Bonjean.
The Author believes that the stories of these heroic Hawaiian and Mainland soldiers, and the hardships suffered by the inhabitants of Bruyères, will be lost to future generations unless young people are stimulated to learn more about this important history.